Munichchick, I didn't get a chance to explore the Costa Maya. I did stop and talk to a real estate company in Playa, but they did not even have a map waiting for me like they said they would (a little dissappointing). A salesman was trying to tell me why he thought the Costa Maya was better than Belize and that was a bit of a turn off. I will have to wait until I return in Nov. to explore.
Robindar, the prices I saw were pretty much what I have seen on the internet. Sales have pretty much leveled out, but I don't know how long that will last. I did see quit a few "for sale" signs. I have narrowed my search to a few properties, but none of those are houses.
Captain Morgans looked nice and I got a tour from one of the people who runs it (I forget her name, but she was nice). The unit they had for sale was for $130,000, but it did not have a "strata" (something you need to be aware of when buying condos there) title.
Also, for me, that area is too far North for my current lifestyle.